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Textbooks: Rentals

This guide is a resource to help expose students to a variety of methods for obtaining textbooks. These methods are not necessarily a part of the services offered through the Regent University Library.

Pros and Cons of Renting Textbooks

-Save money
-Save resources (environmental costs/production)
-Save space (if you’re not interested in using them after the course)
-Less hassle (than selling, etc)
-Option to purchase if you want to keep the book
-Flexible schedule options (short term, semester, etc)
-Rent single chapters

-No return value
-Don’t have the books to reference later
-Can’t mark up the books
-Potential damage fees
-Potential late return fees

Tips and Tricks

-One should always read the fine print before signing
-Pay attention to whether the book is used for more than one course/semester
-Look into the return policy if you drop the course
-Shipping costs may be additional
-Keep in mind used book prices for value of renting

Rental Websites

DISCLAIMER:   Regent University Library does not endorse any of the following sites.

-Amazon textbook rental bookstore – Search for textbooks by ISBN for low prices

-Textbook Rental site – Search for the lowest textbook rental prices

-Chegg - Chegg is a company based in Santa Clara, California, that specializes in online textbook rentals, homework help, online tutoring, scholarships and internship matching. It is meant to help students in high school and college. 

-Cengage - Cengage Learning, Inc. is an educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. – Search and rent books